|Much like Voldemort and Ralph Fiennes, you can totally see Giles in there.|
But first, let's cover the Buffy guide to feeling not quite yourself.
DON'T be afraid of a good old fashioned pity party. Giles is feeling "neglected and out of the loopy" after Buffy's surprise birthday party (will they never learn?) because a) he's old and "between projects"; b) hadn't met Riley yet; c) Buffy seems to like Maggie Walsh better now; and d) he hadn't been told that Buffy's new boyfriend is actually part of the Initiative, even though, and this is the final insult, Spike knew. After he pulls a pretty genius interruption of a classic "villain speaks aloud ironically to no one" speech from Ethan, the two get right pissed at the pub.
|We've all been there. And by "we," I mean me and Jenn.|
Because Ethan is a trickster figure from way back he *joked* that he slipped Ripper a poison pill in his pint, and *actually* turned him into a horned beast of rage.
|You know, just for shits and giggles.|
|The duo (Spiles? Gike?) rolling in the Citroen.|
|Walsh, you had it coming.|
DON'T forget the people who love you will always see you for who you are. Buffy is able to recognize her Watcher's eyes, though it was only after she plunged a thankfully faux-silver letter opener into his chest. She and Riley tag-team Rayne, and send him to an undisclosed, military-operated detention facility. This isn't as funny now as it was in 2000.
|Giles in Ethan's shirt, however, remains hilarious.|
Jenn also mentions Giles and Maggie's fraught conference about Buffy, where they reveal their wildly different mentoring styles. I found this interesting not only because of the mistrust of academics we've mentioned earlier, but also because of the Tolkien-esque dichotomy the episode posits between science and technology (bad/Walsh/Saruman) and more "retro" ways of apprehending the world (good/Giles/hobbits). A Slayage panel, perhaps?
Next up: A slew of Initiative episodes. I wonder if this is when the bloom comes off the season 4 rose for your co-watchers.